Rotten to the (Common) Core
January 20th, 2013
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by Dave Hodges
Your child has been sentenced from 12-16 years to a re-education camp. No, we are not talking about a FEMA camp, but we may as well be.
Our education system is rotten to the core, the Common Core, that is. Common Core is the latest of the educational fad programs which is supposedly designed to raise American school children‚Äôs academic performance. This program is insidious and bad for students and America at its core. This is a multi-part series which will examine the origins of this Common Core program, the stated goals behind the program, the real hidden agenda behind Common Core and most importantly, the threat that this program poses to our children and to the United States as whole.
One Fad After Another¬†
Most any veteran teacher in the public school system will tell you that about every six to seven years, the American educational system embarks on the latest ‚Äúmiracle‚ÄĚ designed to fix the low standardized test scores American students achieve in comparison to our international counterparts. Teachers have endured such educational faux pas from Goals 2000, to School to Work, to No Child Left Behind and now we are witnessing the latest in fad in American education, Common Core Standards.
Each one of the aforementioned programs threw billions of taxpayer dollars down the toilet, while contributing to the dramatic decrease in student performance. For example,¬†SAT Reading scores, for the high school class of 2012, reached a 40+ year low since the implementation of No Child Left Behind.
Everyone of these previous educational reform programs emanated from the United Nations organization, UNESCO. Everyone of these programs is a propaganda tool designed to dumb down our children and these programs are being remarkably effective to this end.
The Hidden Agenda Behind Common Core¬†
The undeniable truth is that each of these United Nations inspired and failed educational programs have ulterior designs on what should be taught to our children. The undeniable fact is that the brainwashing of our children is the ultimate goal of Common Core.
Common Core is based upon social justice, arriving at knowledge and subsequent decision making through a spirit of collectivism and developing a communal agreement about the need to teach and to integrate into each classroom an underlying theme of sustainable development. These goals are not just going to be taught in specific Environmental Science courses, but these philosophies are to be implemented and taught in EACH and EVERY course that a child takes during their educational experiences beginning with pre-K and stretching to post graduate secondary education.
Agenda 21 Controls Your Child‚Äôs Mind¬†
For the more aware readers, you surely recognize the terms, sustainable development, social justice and collectivism as staples of the philosophy which underlies Agenda 21.
Globalist and Eugenics proponent, Bill Gates, is one of the Founding Fathers of the Common Core movement and its copyright holders, NGA/CCSSO. Gates donated about $25 million dollars to promote his version of global education. Gates has made several donations to CCSSO to promote Common Core. In¬†2009, Gates made two separate donations of $9,961,842 and $3,185,750. In¬†2010, Gates donated $743,331 and in¬†2011, he contributed $9,388,911 . In¬†2008, Gates donated $2,259,780 to the National Governor‚Äôs Association (NGA) to develop and implement Common Core. The NGA is the conduit into America from the United Nations UNESCO,¬†Education for All¬†Agenda 21 version of globalist education being forced down the throats of our young people.
Gates is listed as partner¬†with UNESCO/UN to fund ‚ÄĚEducation For All,‚ÄĚ which in turn was transferred to the NGA which changed the name to Common Core. In a key document, The Dakar Framework for Action: Education For All: Meeting Our Collective Commitments‚Äô which identifies the goals for what became Common Core. The document speaks directly to the¬†Agenda 21 educational ideals¬†of collectivism, social justice, environmental justice and the espousing of the beliefs of the pseudoscience known as sustainable development.
Chapter 36¬†of Agenda 21 Public Awareness and Training focuses on impressing upon every citizen on the planet, the¬†indispensable need¬†for achieving sustainable development. In plain language, Common Core is going into every country. The implementation names of this global education may vary, but the underlying Agenda 21 philosophies do not. Chapter 36 also states that the globalists plan to¬†‚Äúreorient‚ÄĚ¬†worldwide education toward sustainable development. In future installments in this series, the weak academic standards of Common Core will be revealed.
Reform of the nation‚Äôs standardized objectives is merely a smokescreen to the true intent of the program which is the acceptance for Agenda 21 policies. Subsequently, the Agenda 21/UNESCO documents clearly state their intention to turn each student into a globalist who will accept smaller living space, residing in the stack-and-pack cities of the future, acceptance of drastic energy reduction and the loss of Constitutional liberties. The¬†document¬†goes on to say that
While basic education provides the underpinning for any environmental and development education, the latter needs to be incorporated as an essential part of learning. Both formal and non-formal education are indispensable to changing people‚Äôs attitudes so that they have the capacity to assess and address their sustainable development concerns. It is also critical for achieving environmental and ethical awareness, values and attitudes, skills and behaviour consistent with sustainable development and for effective public participation in decision-making. To be effective, environment and development education should deal with the dynamics of both the physical/biological and socio-economic environment and human (which may include spiritual) development, should be integrated in all disciplines, and should employ formal and non-formal methods.
Please take note of reference to spiritual education. The implication is subtle, but undeniable. This phrase opens the door to the evisceration of the Christian religion. This phrase allows Common Core to propagandize school children into belittling the importance of Jesus Christ. And what will Christianity be replaced with? Anyone who has read the Agenda 21 documents in earnest, understands that the replacement for Christianity has been groomed for decades, and that replacement is the pagan religion called¬†GAIA.
GAIA changes the Christian worldview significantly. Christians fundamentally believe that God gave dominion over the earth to man with the remainder of the hierarchy consisting of animal, fish, plants and finally, the earth. GAIA teachers that the earth reigns supreme followed by animal, fish, plants, and man in last place. This is a decidedly anti-human agenda. The undeniable conclusion is that your children will receive cleverly crafted lessons designed to lessen the appreciation for their own worth as a human being. This is the beginning of spiritual enslavement paradigm which will accompany the already implemented policies of economic enslavement presently being thrust upon the American people through the acquisition of massive debt created by the globalists.
When Common Core is fully implemented in 2015 and your child begins being assessed on the¬†PARCC¬†and¬†Smarter Balanced¬†assessments, your child will be an Agenda 21 globalist minion in training. This is not a warning about what will be, the enemy is already inside the gates propagandizing your child.
Education Without Representation¬†
The Common Core is an untested, federally promoted, unfunded experiment. The standards creators (NGA/CCSSO) have not set up a monitoring plan to test this national experiment, to see what, if any, unintended consequences the Common Core will have on our children. This is a game of Russian Roulette being played on the socio-emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of our children‚Äôs development.
No teacher and no school board member was asked to contribute to the Common Core standards. Nor was any State Legislature involved in the creation of this monstrosity.
Under this plan, every teacher will teach the same material with the same teaching strategies as every other teacher. This is the 21st Century educational version of the¬†Stepford Wives. The Tenth Amendment is dead and individual freedom is being stamped out.
This is only the tip of the iceberg, the more serious threats to our children‚Äôs educational futures, under this misguided plan, will be laid out and documented in the future parts of this series.
Dave is an award winning psychology, statistics and research professor, a college basketball coach, a mental health counselor, a political activist and writer who has published dozens of editorials and articles in several publications such as¬†Freedoms Phoenix,¬†News With Views¬†and¬†The Arizona Republic.
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